Yesterday I bought a non-retina Macbook Pro 15", the new "mid 2012" model. I bought the most basic specs Apple offers: 2x2GB RAM, 500GB rotation HDD etc., intending to upgrade with custom hardware myself. This is how it went: Out of the box Code: MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2012) Operating System Mac OS X 10.7.4 (Build 11E2620) Model MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2012) Processor Intel Core i7-3615QM @ 2.30 GHz 1 processor, 4 cores, 8 threads Processor ID GenuineIntel Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9 L1 Instruction Cache 32 KB x 4 L1 Data Cache 32 KB x 4 L2 Cache 256 KB x 4 L3 Cache 6144 KB Motherboard Apple Inc. Mac-4B7AC7E43945597E MacBookPro9,1 BIOS Apple Inc. MBP91.88Z.00D3.B02.1203281326 Memory 4096 MB 1600 MHz DDR3 GeekBench score: http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench2/770652 Upgrading RAM Replaced Apple's 2x2GB CL9 Samsung with Corsair DDR3 16GB kit (2x8GB) 1600Mhz CL10. GeekBench score: http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench2/770781 Upgrading Disk Removed the DVD drive and replaced it with Crucial M4 256GB SSD 7mm. I left the original harddisk at its place, and installed the SSD into optical bay using OWC Data Doubler. It was easier than I thought, the 7mm SSD fits with Data Doubler no problem. OWC have great installation videos online -- I used the one for MBP 2011, as they didn't have a 2012 version yet. The new disk was picked up by OS X immediately, at full Sata III 6Gbs speed. I then copied Lion over to this SSD and I'm using SSD as the main "boot" disk. This was done using a free program called SuperDuper. I erased the original HDD and put my own stuff there: The whole thing was done a bit cowboy style, as I didn't have time for proper component research, just bought whatever was on sale. But all seems to be working fine so far. If you have questions / benchmark suggestions, let me know.